Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Holy Trinity

No I am not referring to the famous Italian Fresco. I am talking about the three indisputable style icons for those sartorially classists among us. I am of course alluding to Jackie, Audrey and Grace (I nicknamed them JAG for short, I know I have way too much time on my hands) Anyway I thought I'd share my favorite fashion books devoted to these lovely ladies. After all it is summer vacation if you are not going to read something light hearted now then when are you? So without further adieu here are my top three style biographies
1. A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House by Oleg Cassini: a beautiful crafted memoir that consists of over 200 black and white photographs in addition to letters written by Jackie this book truly captures the magic that epitomized Jackie O's style
2 Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh: (my personal favorite) With breathtakingly beautiful photographs this visual stunning book makes you want to slip a little Audrey in your day
3. Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride by H. Kristina Haugland: This book gives us a behind the scenes look at Grace Kelly's fairy tale wedding from her wedding gown to her veil and her shoes.
I hope these books inspire you to put a little JAG in your step

My Cup of Tea

I have no shame in admitting that I love the Target (or as I like to pronounce it the Tar-jay). And I am always on the lookout for their next Go International superstar. The past few Go International collections have I must admit been a disappointment. However I am excited to say that Richard Chai will be the next designer to throw his hat in the ring of mass market, affordable sportswear. Richard Chai, who has previously worked for the Marc by Marc Jacobs brand as well as starting is own eponymous line, is known for his minimalistic yet extremely tailored and sophisticated design. Chai's line will consist of tailored pieces such as long knit cardigans, color block dresses and georgette skirts. Judging from the photo of this plaid trench coat (does this coat remind you of Jenny from Gossip girl or is it just me?) Chai's Go International line will be just the cup of tea that we've all been yearning for.
His line is set to debut in early August. For a preview of more of his pieces for Target go to

Welcome to the Aesthetes

An aesthete is someone who appreciates beauty and art in all of its forms. And to me Fashion is art. For nothing is more self revealing than the way a person dresses. Furthermore there are a few things more in tune with the cultural norms of our civilization than the what is on the runways. Fashion is in essence the cultural meterstick of society. Despites clothing’s superficial and shallow connotations they are truly visual and wearable form of history. To quote Elizabeth Wilson:

“A part of this strangeness of dress is that it links the biological body to the social being, and public to private.”

I hope to convey this message on my blog while providing some laughs along the way. I hope you guys enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!